About Professor Ilian Mihov

Professor Mihov is the longest serving Dean at INSEAD and will be stepping down in August 2023 after completing two successful five-year terms. During his ten years in the role, he has overseen a remarkable period of transformation for the school, which has included the expansion of the Singapore campus, the opening of a San Francisco Hub in 2020 and the launch of a new Master’s in Management program in 2019. INSEAD has been ranked number 1 three times by the Financial Times for its MBA programme during this decade and the school has also become the second largest provider of Executive Education courses in the world. An integrated digital strategy means INSEAD now delivers a range of pioneering online, hybrid and in-person courses, while its faculty have received over 250 awards for their ground-breaking research.

Professor Mihov has led INSEAD’s engagement, pioneering business as a force for good through his leadership of a capital campaign that raised a record €314 million. This has enabled a 39% increase in the number of scholarships on offer and has helped the school grow its endowment to more than €360 million from €160 million in 2013.

An advocate of the potential of business to act as a force for good, he was the founding Academic Director of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, which was launched in 2018, and was the Chair of the Board at the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations Global Compact initiative from 2020-2023.

Professor Mihov has also continued the tradition of championing diversity at INSEAD. During his deanship the number of female faculty increased by 80%, the MBA programme reached a record 39% female intake in 2022 and the school recently achieved a gender balanced board as part of the commitments made when INSEAD became a HeForShe champion in 2021.

Professor Mihov is concurrently the Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation. He joined INSEAD in 1996 and has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and for many executive education programmes, as well as at the Global Leadership Fellows Programme of the World Economic Forum. He has been nominated several times as one of the best teachers in the MBA and EMBA programmes and has won the Outstanding Teacher Award multiple times.

His research has been focused on topics related to monetary policy, fiscal policy and economic growth. Professor Mihov’s papers have appeared in many academic journals including the American Economic Review, Harvard Business Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He has given interviews for the BBC, CNBC Asia, Agence France Presse, the Financial Times, Dow Jones Newswire, Wall Street Journal and many other newspapers and magazines.

Professor Mihov is a regular keynote speaker, lecturer and panellist at events organised by Alstom, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Cartier, Deutsche Bank, Hewlett-Packard, KPMG, PwC, Swiss Re, WEF, the United Nations and many other global organisations.

He holds a PhD from Princeton University, where his thesis supervisor was Ben Bernanke, and a BSc in business administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina where, in 2006, he was recognised as a Distinguished Young Alumnus. In 2018, he received the UN Women (Singapore Chapter) HeForShe Leader Award for his outstanding service and contributions towards gender equality at INSEAD.

Professor Mihov is on the Stewardship Asia Centre (SAC) board of directors and the advisory panel of the Home Team Academy (Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore). He was also formerly a board member of the American School of Singapore and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

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